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Ex-Seahawks CB Richard Sherman visiting 49ers today

11 March 2018, 01:20 | Nina Perez

Richard Sherman lists Texans among teams who have expressed interest

Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks lines up against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Sherman has a visit with the Detroit Lions scheduled for next week and Josina Anderson of ESPN said that the free agent cornerback has also garnered interest from the Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Green Bay Packers. On Friday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan had dinner in Los Gatos with Sherman and his wife, The Athletic reported.

But the move to release Sherman, coupled with a recent trade of defensive end Michael Bennett, is a sign Seattle is tearing down its defence and is ready to build a new team with a new identity. If he can return to form he is still one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. The days of an Achilles tear being an immediate career-ender are long past, but for a cornerback who never had outstanding deep speed-and is less than three weeks from his 30th birthday-it's hard to think he'll be back to top form before the season starts.

Sherman turns 30 on March 30.

One of the most accomplished cornerbacks of his generation, Sherman made four Pro Bowls and was named a first-team All-Pro three times during his seven seasons with the Seahawks, who drafted him in the fifth round out of Stanford in 2011.

"I want to go to a contender", Sherman said Friday on KIRO radio in Seattle. The team has a talented corner in Darius Slay. He has since undergone surgery on his other Achilles.

The releases of Sherman and Lane leave Seattle's cornerback spot with some uncertainty heading into free agency.

The Seahawks could also re-sign DeShawn Shead, who like Maxwell is also an unrestricted free agent. In 2013, Sherman led the National Football League with eight interceptions, and his 32 career picks rank sixth among active players.

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